CAMP CALIFORNIA TEAM

Each summer Camp California brings together a wonderful team of counselors and staff to give your child the best possible summer camp experience. The majority of our cabin counselors are Native English Speaking from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of our counselors and staff are also fluent in: Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Our counselors are also highly skilled and experienced in the many activities we offer at Camp California as well as previous experience in youth development and supervision.

Max

Max

USA
Tina

Tina

Croatia
David

David

United Kingdom
Pat

Pat

Canada
Ryan

Ryan

United Kingdom
Veronika

Veronika

Slovenia
Louie

Louie

United Kingdom
Ellen

Ellen

United Kingdom
Odhran

Odhran

Ireland
Charlie

Charlie

United Kingdom
Chiara

Chiara

Croatia
Emily

Emily

United Kingdom
Neamh

Neamh

Ireland
Shannon

Shannon

Ireland
Jan

Jan

Czech Republic
Mattea

Mattea

Croatia
Niall

Niall

Ireland
David

David

United Kingdom
Éabha

Éabha

Ireland
Nika

Nika

Croatia
Harvey

Harvey

United Kingdom
Craig

Craig

United Kingdom
Morgan

Morgan

United Kingdom
Sophie

Sophie

Canada
Mikey

Mikey

United Kingdom
Natalie

Natalie

USA
Eden

Eden

United Kingdom
Livvy

Livvy

United Kingdom
Simon

Simon

Ireland
Mariel

Mariel

USA
Alana

Alana

USA
Liz

Liz

USA
Carolyn

Carolyn

USA
Cody

Cody

United Kingdom
Payton

Payton

New Zealand
Eve

Eve

Australia
Chris

Chris

USA
Sam

Sam

USA

Counselors

Max

Max

Max is from the United States, and loves that he’s able to call Croatia home in the summer.  This will be Max’s 4th summer as Director of Camp California.  He has worked as a Counselor, Assistant Director, Founder and Director at some of the premier camps in the United States.  He has over 20 years of experience working with and running children’s summer camps.  Max loves being able to work with campers and staff from all over the world at Camp California.  When he’s not at camp, Max enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter.  Max’s goal every summer is to create a safe, friendly, and fun environment where campers and counselors from around the world can thrive.


Tina

Tina

Tina is from Croatia, moving to Camp every summer from Rijeka. She fell in love with Camp California as a Teen Adventure counselor back in 2004 and returned as an Administrator in 2019. This will be her 6th summer in Camp helping the Camp run smoothly and making sure everyone is in for the greatest experience.  When not at Camp, Tina loves exploring the outdoors with her dog Lucky or spends her time being creative.  She considers Camp California to be her happy place!


David

David

David is from Sherborne, England. This will be David’s 6th summer at Camp California and he’s looking forward to being one of our Program Directors.  David has previously worked as a teaching assistant/ learning supporter at schools for children with emotional and physical needs in the UK.  On his travels, David has also been an ESL teacher at language schools in Mexico and Spain and counselor/specialist at camps in the US , France and Thailand. His hobbies include travelling, music, yoga and water sports. In the UK, David worked as an outdoor instructor for three years where he taught climbing, archery, canoeing and kayaking. Since being a counsellor at Camp California, he’s also learned to teach paddleboard and POI spinning. Most recently he has been working as an online English Teacher but can’t wait to get back outdoors and sing some camp songs!


Pat

Pat

Pat is from Kelowna, British Columbia, and he is back for his sixth summer at Camp California!   Pat grew up on a mountain in a small ski community, and he traveled to school by biking, sledding, or skiing.  He enjoys all water activities, most especially sailing and swimming, and he also loves history and theatre.  At camp, Pat is the Waterfront Director, and he spends his days making sure everyone has a fun and safe time on the Adriatic.  


Ryan

Ryan

Ryan comes to us from Cornwall, England. He is returning for his fourth summer at Camp California.  Ryan was Head of Sports in his first summer and Head of Boys in his second.  He's excited to return as one of our Program Directors for second time this summer!  Previously, Ryan has worked in an international sports camp in America for two summers. He also completed an outdoor education course in college and continued through to complete a sport science degree at Cardiff University. For his current job back in England he works with students on a one to one basis to secure a placement back into education. Through his gap year at university he spent a year in New Zealand traveling both the north and south island. He is looking forward to another action packed summer helping campers create lifelong memories.


Veronika

Veronika

Veronika comes from Slovenia and is super excited to spend her 5th summer as our amazing Camp Mom!  In past years she worked as a couselor in a summer camp for people with special needs in Chicago. In camp she enjoys making friendship bracelets and floating around with the synchronized swimming class. When not at camp you can find her reading a book or taking a walk in nature. Veronika is currently working as a High School Counselor in her home town, and will be continuing her studies as an Inclusive Teacher. 


Odhran

Odhran

Odhran is from a small seaside town on the west coast of Ireland. This will be Odhran’s second summer working at Camp California. He is currently in his final year in becoming a Science Teacher. Over his years of schooling he has raced competitively on both track and cross country, whilst also tackling the elements of nature from rock climbing to surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Odhran is an enthusiastic and energetic character. He is counting down the days to get back on stage for lip sync and cannot wait to spend another summer meeting new and returning campers! 


Charlie

Charlie

Charlie is a Master’s student in Leeds, England. He loves staying active at camp, whether it’s leading activities, preparing skits or playing games with his cabin. Charlie loves to see his campers gain confidence whilst at camp. He can’t wait to return for his third summer at Camp Cal! 


Emily

Emily

Emily is returning for her third summer at Camp Cal. She is from England and is currently completing her Master's degree. In her free time, she loves to travel and stay active. Em is really looking forward to the variety of activities at camp and is particularly proud when watching her campers perform gymnastics routines on stage. She cannot wait to meet the campers and have another fantastic summer on the Adriatic!


Neamh

Neamh


Neamh is joining us from Galway in Ireland.  She will be back at Camp California for a third summer!  She is heading into her final year at University, since spending various summers at camp she hopes to become a teacher.  Neamh loves all forms of outdoor activities and is excited to be back teaching wind surfing, kayaking and high ropes. Neamh loves helping campers have lots of fun and gain confidence in various activities at camp. She is so excited to spend another summer in paradise and meet all the campers.
 


Shannon

Shannon

Shannon is from a small town in the heart of Ireland and is delighted to be returning for her 3rd summer at Camp Cal. She loves to travel and is happiest when outdoors and at Sea. Having recently graduated as a Primary School Teacher from the University of Limerick, Shannon aims to teach around the world. She has previously worked as a water sports instructor in Ireland and in Connecticut, USA. At camp, Shannon loves to spend time Sailing as well as participating in a variety of other activities. She is so excited to meet the returning and new campers!!


Jan

Jan

Jan comes to us from the Czech Republic. He loves travelling, especially when it involves getting to know other people and their culture and traditions. This will be his third summer at Camp California and he comes back more and more thrilled every year!  He studies hard during his off-camp life, as he is training to become a doctor at a university in Prague. That´s why he can´t wait to let his inner child out and have fun with campers in his tennis class, camp cal band or volleyball! 


Mattea

Mattea

Mattea's excitement for her second year at Camp California can be felt all the way from Rijeka, her hometown, to Pakoštane! She graduated in 2017 with a degree in Early and Preschool Education and has been working as a preschool teacher ever since. She is also about to become certified TEFL teacher. Her love and passion for working with the youngest ones brought her all the way to the United States where she worked at summer camp, gaining valuable experience. Besides being a teacher, Mattea likes to say she is a traveler too. So far she has created memories in 25 different countries and she is just getting started! 


Niall

Niall

Niall is joining us for a second summer at Camp Cal. He is from Dublin and is currently in University studying Finance. Niall has a passion for all activities outdoors, from Gaelic football and Hurling, to water sports such as windsurfing and paddle boarding. He has experience working at water sports camps in Ireland and also tutors many students in Maths, Irish and French. Niall can’t wait to welcome all campers and have an amazing summer!


David

David

This will be David’s first summer at Camp California and he is coming to us from Wales! David is a fun, energetic guy who brings lots of fun and laughter wherever he goes! He spent one summer at  a camp in the US where he enjoyed leading tennis and paint balling activities. When he isn’t working, David enjoys playing rugby, running and playing tennis with friends. David cannot wait to join us this summer and make more life long memories!


Éabha

Éabha

Éabha is from a small coastal village in the south east of Ireland. This will be Éabha's second summer at Camp California. She is currently studying zoology but has plenty of experience working in this environment as she spent the 5 summers working in one of the best outdoor pursuits centers in Ireland. Growing up she was a competitive swimmer and surf lifesaver. Now as a lifeguard, she uses these skills to encourage campers to be confident and safe in all water-based activities. The best summer ever is pending and Éabha is so excited to meet all the campers and get involved.


Harvey

Harvey

Harvey will be joining us for the first time this summer. He comes to us from Leeds, where he is in university studying neuroscience. Harvey loves being outdoors and enjoys keeping active by running and playing cricket. He can’t wait to make memories with the campers and have the summer of a lifetime!


Craig

Craig

Craig is from South-West Wales, UK. This will be his first summer at Camp California and he can't wait to get started!
For many years, Craig has worked in social care, providing care and support to individuals with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
He also has years of experience working as a volunteer and facilitator for a mixed-ability rugby team.  Craig is very excited to work with our campers in a host of fun athletic activities and much more!
 


Morgan

Morgan

Morgan joins us from Scotland for his first summer at Camp Cal. He has previously worked at camp in the US, but will be joining us this summer for a new adventure. He has just graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Biology and Geography. In his spare time he loves to travel with camp friends all over the world, swim in the North Sea and keep up to date with politics. He is so excited for this summer and cannot wait to swim in the Adriatic sea!


Sophie

Sophie

Sophie is from New Brunswick, Canada! This is her first summer at Camp California, but 4th summer working as a camp counsellor! She is a university student athlete going into her final year of study while playing basketball for her school. She has a love for being active, playing sports and the outdoors. Sophie is stoked to experience the magic that Camp California has to offer!